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Thursday, 19 January 2012

A meeting

Today was the day I had my meeting with Dawn, from the Parks Trust.

A wet, miserable start to the day, with that rain that gets you soaking wet.
I topped up the feeders, and had a quick look round the car park area, while I waited for Dawn.

The roosting Redwing were quite vocal, as they gradually left; and a lot of vocal geese too, as they headed north, for breakfast.

The Song Thrush was belting his song out, from his favourite perch,

and a Robin was dueting further along, in another bush.

Dawn arrived, and we had a wander down to the feeding area. A Treecreeper was slowly climbing the trunk of a tree, as we chatted by the feeders, and after a while we had a slow walk round the south lake.

Pied and Grey Wagtail, Cormorants, and a pair of Goosander. A good start to the morning.

As we reached the far end of the lake, Little Grebe, along with their bigger cousins, Great Crested Grebe. And the rain had stopped by now.

Up towards the road bridge, and across the lake, back to the car park.
A quick chat, and then Dawn left, for work, I guess, and I made my way round the north lake.

By now my knee was giving me some pain, and it seemed a struggle to get right round.
Grey Heron, Gadwall, Wigeon,

and another Treecreeper made it worthwhile though.

And the sun chose to shine at this point.

A large group of Canada Geese, with a few Greylags, were up ahead, and in amongst them, the pretend Snow Goose.

 He really is a fine looking goose.

Eventually, back at the car park, a quick look at the feeders, and then home.

An enjoyable morning.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  38


  1. Glad you are getting out, despite your knee problems! And even better that you get to meet fellow bloggers :)
    Another lovely Mix of birds!
    Reminds me that I still have Tree Creepers in my archives from Germany that I haven't checked out :)

  2. The pretend Snow Goose really is a mixture Keith. There is a bit of everything in him. Could even be a bit of Bar-headed in him.

  3. A wonderful walk with you today Keith.. the footage of the coots was lovely to see..

    Is Dawn enjoying seeing all the wonderful birds you see?.

  4. I see the coots are behaving. Love the bloke learning to fly.

  5. Hi Keith, it's good to be back! That pretend Snow Goose is certainly very striking and posed well for your still photo.

    There was quite a bit of stroppiness going on on the lake particularly of course the Coots, they seem to thrive on conflict :-) A most enjoyable visit as always !

  6. I think that Dawn may have turned her through from going to work, ha ha ha.
    Lovely birds you've taken.

  7. Keith, that's a fine specimen of a (pretend) Snow Goose.

    And you've found the 'singing man'... he must be a regular,it's the exact same spot where I saw him a couple of weeks ago!!...[;o)

  8. Thank you Nicole. The Treecreeper is a lovely bird to watch, but not always easy to get a picture of.

    Dale, yea, the feeders stay. I think it's safe to say that she was impressed with them.

    Thanks Roy. He's a beauty, whatever he is :-)

    Andrew, we saw some good birds as we walked round. She's very knowledgeable about the birds too.

    Cheers Adrian. The Coots always seem to be at it; and the bloke in the field was trying to get off the ground last time Trevor was over here. lol

    Jan, great to see you back. Glad you enjoyed the walk this morning.

    Thank you Bob. I'm sure she didn't mind too much lol

    Cheers Trevor. I guessed that was the same bloke, as soon as I saw him. Just had to include him in the video.

  9. You always seem to meet Dawn first thing in the morning. I wonder if the Parks Department have another member of staff who carries out a similar function towards dusk, perhaps called Eve?

  10. Good news the feeders get to stay...and the bird shots for the day are super---
    Hope the knee feels better tomorrow!!

  11. Thanks Sondra. Yea, a great meeting.

    Re the knee; I got some tablets and gel the other day. Didn't seem to be very effective. Then I read the leaflet that comes with it, and it says not to be taken with Aspirin. That's one of my few for the heart.
    Ooops! lol

  12. I know. They weasel their way up the trees so fast :)